Inauguration of Prof. T.C. Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy
Honourable Minister of Forests, Govt. of Kerala, Mr. Binoy Viswam inaugurated the Prof. T.C. Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy on 1st July 2006. Speaking on the occasion the Minister stressed on the role of taxonomy in biodiversity studies and urged to encourage research in taxonomy. The Minister said that political support would be accorded for conserving forests, a treasure trove of biodiversity. Dr. J.R.B. Alfred, Director, Zoological Survey of India, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, who presided over the function stressed upon the need for documentation of bioresources. Dr. P. T. Cherian, Former Additional Director, Zoological Survey of India, Chennai,Dr.George Mathew, Senior Scientist, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi,Prof. P. V. Madhusoodanan, Head, Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Calicut, Dr. M. C. Vyjayandi, Head, Dept. of Zoology, Providence Women’s College, Calicut and Dr. M. Madhavikutty, Sr. Lecturer, Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, Calicut spoke on the occasion. Prof. Dr. T. C. Narendran elaborated on the aims and objectives of the Trust. A book entitled, “An Introduction to Taxonomy” authored by Prof. T. C. Narendran and published by the Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata was also released during the occasion.

In connection with the celebration of Wildlife Week, 2006, The Trust in association with The Department of Zoology, Malabar Christian College, Calicut, organized a Quiz Competition for High School and College Students, with a view to generate environmental awareness, appreciate Wildlife and to work towards their Conservation. The competition was conducted on the forenoon of 4th October 2006 at the Main Hall of Malabar Christian College, Calicut. A total of 12 teams contested under each category.
Cash awards (1st Prize - Rs. 1,000/-; 2nd Prize - Rs. 600/-) and Certificates were distributed to the winners.

This website was also launched during the occasion.


(Tercentenary Celebration of Birth of Carl Von Linnaeus)

The Dept. of Zoology, Malabar Christian College (MCC), Calicut and Prof. T. C. Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy jointly organized a programme on 19th September 2007 at MCC, Calicut, commemorating the 300th year of birth of Carl Von Linnaeus (1707 – 1778) the Swedish Botanist, Physician and Zoologist who laid the foundations of modern biological systematics and nomenclature.
Prof. Geetha Migael (Head of Department of Zoology, MCC) welcomed the gathering. Mr. Mohammed Rafeeque (Lecturer, Department of Zoology, MCC) presented a slide show on “Getting to know the great Taxonomist Linnaeus”. Prof. T. C. Narendran delivered a talk on “An Introduction to Taxonomy” while Dr. R. Ansari (Managing Director, Malabar Botanical Gardens), the chief guest of the day, spoke on “Linnaeus and Plant Taxonomy”.

The day also witnessed launching of BIOSYSTEMATICA, an international journal on animal taxonomy, diversity, ecology and zoogeography.
The first issue of the journal was released by Prof. Gladys P. E. Issac (Principal, MCC). The first copy was received by Dr. R. Ansari.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. (Mrs.) K. Rajmohana (Scientist, Zoological Survey of India, Calicut).


(An event to celebrate Wild Life Week 2007)

In connection with the Wild Life Week Celebrations- 2007,  Prof. T.C. Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy and   Department of Zoology - The Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College Calicut,  in collaboration with Zoo Outreach Organisation, Coimbatore, organized a  Quiz contest, picture message and slogan writing competitions    for the undergraduate students at  The Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College Calicut, on 1/10/07. All competitions were based on the topic   “Biodiversity”. The Quiz contest focused on a  special theme : Amphibians..

On 5th Oct, a seminar on “Biodiversity and Conservation” was organised at the college. Invited talks by Prof. T. C. Narendran, (Emeritus Professor,  Department of Zoology, University of Calicut, Kerala) on “Biodiversity” and Mr. C. Radhakrishnan (Additional Director, Zoological Survey of India, Western Ghats Regional Station, Calicut), on “Conservation” were educative as well as informative. A special slide show on "Amphibians” was organized in order to create awareness about the factors leading to the recent decline of Amphibians.  Students in their Amphibian T- shirts,  organized a 'Lighting the Candle Ceremony' as a symbolic enlightening  towards  environmental awareness and also  took an oath to protect wild life.

Prizes were distributed to the winning teams of the various competitions. Of the 25 teams participated, first 13 teams were presented with Amphibian  T-shirts. A set of Amphibian packets and T- shirts were distributed to all the dignitaries on the diaz.

The programme concluded in the evening with a film-show depicting the wild beauty of  Sahyadris.

The event was reported by local newspapers and city channels.


(Course on Insect Taxonomy to boost up conservation of biodiversity)

Prof. T.C. Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy, Calicut, AICOPAX Project (ALL India Co-ordinated Project on Taxonomy, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. Of India), University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram and DGM MES College Mampad jointly organised 'ENTOMO Course', a six day residental workshop on Insect Taxonomy and Diversity from 26th to 31st December 2007, at Mampad.
The course was well received with participants from Mumbai, Kolkatta, Hyderabad, Chennai, Coimbatore and Delhi, other than from different parts of Kerala. It is for the first time that such a course designed to impart the fundamentals of diversity and identification of insects, totally based on scientific procedures is organized in India. Since insects form a valuable component of our ecosystem, this basic course on insect taxonomy has great relevance, as it goes hand in hand with the principles and strategies involved in conservation of biodiversity.

Six major insect groups namely Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Months), Coleoptera (beetles), Orthoptera (grasshoppers), Diptera (flies), Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps) and Odonata (dragonflies and damsel flies) were dealt in detail by renowned scientists. The participants had a unique opportunity to have hands-on training in methods and techniques involved in collection, preseravation as well as identification of insects. Lectures on biodiversity inventorying, monitoring and estimation enriched the programme. The workshop concluded on 31st December 2007, with a nature-trek to the semi-deciduous forests at Nilambur.